Is there a right order when it comes to applying makeup? This may be one of the oldest questions in the beauty book. The topic is much debated, even among professional makeup artists. And while there's no hard and fast rule when it comes to your beauty routine — different things work for different people — there are some general guidelines. So, to help you with the sequence of events, we've come up with an easy-to-follow makeup checklist.
First things first. Before anything else, start with primer. This includes primer for your eyes and lips (although concealer can be used for those, if you don’t have specific products). This step is key because it creates a clean, smooth working space for the rest of your makeup and will help product stay put longer.
After primer, you want to focus on your eye area. Shape and fill in your eyebrows first, as a well-defined arch will help serve as a guide when you're applying eye shadow. If you need some help in the brow department, take a look at a few of our fave tutorials:
☐ Eye Shadow
Eye shadow should be done before the rest of your face in case any spills occur and you need to do a little clean up. The last thing you want to do is mess up your perfectly contoured face, right? The eye shadow breakdown goes like this: lid shade first, followed by crease color, then swipe a little highlighter along your brow bone. Here’s a little eye shadow inspo to play with:
Eyeliner is much easier to apply when your lashes are bare, so do your liner after your shadow but before mascara.
The last step in doing your eyes is mascara. After you apply, wait a few moments until you move on to the rest of your routine so the mascara can dry completely.
Now onto your face makeup. Foundation should always come first because it literally creates a foundation on which the rest of your makeup will live. If full-on foundation is a bit heavy for your day-to-day routine, opt for a BB or CC cream.
Next, apply concealer under your eyes and over any blemishes. Foundation does a good job of covering up, but concealer will get in there and make the any stubborn imperfections non-existent.
Your blush should sit atop your bronzer. Otherwise, you risk getting a muddy, splotchy look as opposed to a natural flush.
Get the Look: NYX Ombre Blush
Highlighter is the final step to your face makeup. Apply it to your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose — and anywhere else natural light would touch and reflect.
Lipstick or gloss should be one of the very last steps, as you don't want it to smudge while trying to do the rest of your makeup.
☐ Setting Spray
Finally, the last step! Spritz on a setting spray all over your face to help your makeup last.
Get the Look: Dermablend Set + Refresh, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray